Isn't it funny that the farther you get into horses, the less expensive things seem? A few years ago, I would have balked at a $100 saddle pad (western), and now, I'm like "That's fairly cheap!"
I mean, the more you get into horses and the longer you are in horses, things once that ridiculous as a price now seem more reasonable. Has anyone had any thoughts/experiences with this?lol
Hah, it is ridiculous! When I bought my first saddle, I got it & a bunch of extras for $50. I thought that was SOOO expensive....less than a year later I spent $400 on a saddle with no fittings and was excited about how cheap it was!
I read interview John Madden (Beezie's husband) talking about prices of upper level competition horses being several hundred thousands dollars. He said something to the degree of, "it's a false reality we live in, but it's OUR reality." I would never think of paying $500 for a new pair of shoes. New pair of tall boots? I'm ecstatic I got them at a deal!
I believe this applies to my parents more than myself. When I begged my mom for a $110 english saddle, bridle, reins, girth, irons, and leathers, it took absolutely forever to convince her that it was a good price. XD And now I get an actual leather $1000 saddle for graduation! XD I'm still working up to the "The custom boots are so worth it!" argument. Hahaha. :]] Posted via Mobile Device
Fifteen years ago I bought a Barnsby for $1000 (used) and thought holy moly. Now I'm saving up for an Antares saddle $3500. I think in part this happens because as we gain experience we can recognize the value and benefits of having a quality product versus the cheaper options.
I don't think I'm far enough in yet. ;) Well... in the English world I am, I got a pair of $400 boots for Christmas and my parents were mortified, I thought it was a steal. Now though I'm starting to get into Western and it's everything all over again, ah well. Haha.
Wow! I guess I must be the only one that doesn't think that!
I'm just really cheap and try to pay as little I can for anything. I cringed when I spent $200 on a second hand Wintec 2000 fully mounted for my new horse. But that whole operation was just really expensive. Nothing I had from my old horse that I could actually keep fitted my new horse so it was time to replace EVERYTHING.
I can't imagine how I'm going to go paying $2000 for a new dressage saddle at the end of the year.....